What a week! We saw some pretty incredible miracles this week. There was a baptism for one of our dear friends Sherry who is just absolutely amazing :) The spirit was so strong and it brought me such great joy to see her make that essential covenant with her Heavenly Father, and then to be confirmed a member of the church the next day. I know God is very pleased with her decision and her life will never be the same again!
The biggest miracle was probably on Sunday. To give you a little background for this story, we have what are called standards of excellence. These standards are set by our mission president through inspiration so we know what is expected of us and to help us push ourselves. It's basically what the Lord has said that members of the Ohio Columbus Mission can accomplish on a weekly basis. We have a standard to have two investigators at church each week. We worked hard all week to try and help our friends come to church but when it came to Sunday we only knew of one person who was for sure coming, which is in amazing in itself. We tried to be so diligent, running around Sunday morning knocking on everyone's doors giving them one last reminder and hopefully some sort of motivation to come. No success. On the way to church we even stopped a few people on the side of the road to invite them. It was honestly pretty comical. The one thing that could be said was that we tried our hardest, so at this point all we had to have faith and expect a miracle. And it came! Our investigator we knew of came to church as planned and then I got so excited when I saw someone I didn't recognize come through the doors. One of the couples in our congregation brought a friend who was able to help us accomplish our goal. The Lord always provides!
Another one of the standards is to have two investigators working towards a baptismal date. Because of circumstances at the end of this last week, we went from three people working towards a date to one and we were panicking! We knew that we were able to reach the standards, we just really didn't know how. It ended up being Sunday night, we only had an hour left of our evening and our success in reaching the standards depended entirely on the decision we made in that moment. So we prayed. We followed the first thought that we both received after that prayer and trusted it to be inspiration. We hurried to our investigator who we had both thought of and had an unplanned lesson on his porch. There was a point where we were both losing faith that this was possible, but by the end of our lesson with him he agreed to pray about the baptismal date we extended! I know that if we had just made a decision that night based on our own understanding we would not have been successful. It was only possible because God told us it was and He showed us how.
I am so grateful for the guidance of the spirit. It is because of him that our loving Father in Heaven is able to provide comfort in our time of sorrow or anxiety, or direction in our time of need and confirmation of truth. I recently finished reading the Book of Mormon again and took Moroni's promise found in the very last chapter that if we are sincere and pray and ask God, with a willingness to act on the answers we receive, God will show us the truth of all things though the Holy Ghost. That promise was fulfilled again as I knelt in prayer and asked God. I can undeniably testify to you that the Book of Mormon is true, that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's living and true church on the earth, and that if we allow Him to, God will always guide us to exactly where He needs us to be.
I am grateful to be His hands in helping more of my brothers and sisters come to know these truths as well!
I love you all, just keep smiling!